Prospective Presidential Scholars in the Arts

Presidential Scholars in the Arts are talented students who are looking for a challenging education and artistic growth in Washington, D.C., a vibrant destination for practitioners and supporters of the arts. Students are encouraged in their artistic pursuits and have the opportunity to create in excellent facilities, to work one-on-one with faculty who are both dedicated artists and teachers, and to be exposed to our nation’s most important museums, stages, libraries, centers for performing arts, and arts organizations. Scholarship recipients in Fine Arts must major in Fine Arts. Presidential Scholars in the Arts program applicants are also required to participate in an interview, audition, or portfolio review on the Presidential Scholars in the Arts day.

Applicants must indicate their intent to apply for the PSA scholarship on the Common Application. Applicants must submit PSA materials directly to the Department of Fine Arts and Art History by January 1, 2017. The following supplemental materials must be mailed directly to the Department of Fine Arts and Art History (Re: Presidential Scholars in the Arts). These materials include:

  • Résumé: Please provide a résumé highlighting your artistic experience, educational training and instructors, related memberships, and contests/performances/exhibits in which you have participated.
  • Additional arts recommendations: Applicants must mail two letters of recommendation from professionals in the field (e.g. a high school arts teacher, music director, private instructor). 
  • Essay: Applicants who do not submit their essay response online will have to mail their essay to the Department of Fine Arts and Art History. The essay prompt is: Describe the current role of your art in your life and in what way you would like to see it continue in the future.
A portfolio is required for consideration into the Presidential Scholars in the Arts Program. This portfolio of images of recent work must be submitted through SlideRoom. Specific information and instructions will be sent to applicants regarding the uploading of their portfolios online.